This is the book that really gave momentum to the resurgence of the Rapture perspective (for more books on the topic, see those by Thomas Ice, or the standard ones by Hal Lindsey, Walvoord, Randall Price, etc).
This book was a Million Copy Best Seller, Back in the 1800s. People will seek to find explanations for the Rapture, but the books by C. Cumbey, or the Battle for the Bible by Harold Lindsell (Editor of Christianity Today) provide most of the real backround information.
Instead of all the rumors, you can read it for yourself and make up your own mind.
Most of this - for those who actually find out (instead of the hysteria), is mostly quotes from the Old and New Testaments. One either takes it literally or one does not. It will either be true or not. Some may wish for the Rapture, but this is one of the book that provides the details. Interesting for a rainy (or catastrophic) day.
Every Breath you breathe is a gift from God. No one knows how much time they have.
No one who delays and then dies, thought that their time to live here would be up.
Suddenly its too late.
Make the choice, while you can.
February 13, 2013 Subject:
When the day arrives, when you wish you actually knew and had read this material....
Some say that the Rapture can't be true. (only their wishful thinking to try to ignore the Old and New Testaments) It has been waited on for 2000 years. But when it does happen, and when those last days arrive, they will definitely make your hair stand on end. People have no idea what is coming. There is so much packed into that 7 year period, it takes your breath away just thinking about it.
The only worse thing though, would be to be living through it, and NOT have the information, and not have a clue about what will happen. As soon as that period starts, you can be sure that those leaders who will still be around (which will mean that by definition, they were the spiritual leaders who were rejected by God, so they were the false leaders left behind), that those leaders will be here, telling everyone that the Rapture did NOT take place, nothing has happened to those people, and that we can breathe easier, as it was the people who stayed behind who are the chosen. That is true, they are the human beings left behind who selected themselves for the wrong spiritual option, seven years of literal Hell on Earth BEFORE experiencing the real thing.
God does not play around. He is patient, kind and loving. But God does not stop being God. He is both perfect love and perfect Justice. If you can do something on a God level, then go ahead, assert your God-hood. Okay since you have not created planets, then you probably do not have the actual power of God. So all the humans who are left behind will STILL have to figure out what to do and how to live, and which spiritual camp they want to be a part of. Some will chose by intention with clarity and facts. Others will drift into their choice. Others will allow others to make that choice for them, though they each will still have to deal with the personal consequence of their own choice. God is not afraid of these days. They are there on display to demonstrate to everyone that God is actually in charge, He does exist, and He will do what He predicted that He would do. So to be on the right team, at the right moment in history and time-space, that probably DOES matter !
Many people WANT to believe that the Bible is not true, it cannot be trusted, so don't worry, be happy. You make this choice at your great peril. Don't worry, its only your eternal destination that you are putting on the line, for all of eternity. You have heard the saying " eternity...is a long time...to be wrong ". So there is a better choice.
The God of the Old Testament CAN Be taken literally. And what He teaches is that the Old Testament system of harsh justice has been replaced by a system of Love, where God send Jesus Christ to take the penalty for each of us, exactly so we each could avoid sharing the fate of those who have chosen to stay in personal rebellion against God. Don't worry, if anyone really wants to go to Hell, that option is always open, and especially during the seven years of Tribulation.
The good news is that it IS by taking the New Testament LITERALLY, that you CAN and DO find the answers, and the solution, and the reality, and the historic accuracy of the prophecies in the Bible. God is not afraid of the questions that humans have. Your questions are NOT a surprise to Him. He does have thousands of years of experience in dealing with human and their questions about spiritual matters, even though your questions may only have recently occurred to you.
God WANTs people to ask questions, and then also to find the answers. Books like this one, help people to find the answers. THAT will make others jealous or angry, mainly because when YOU accept that God IS real, and CAN be found, and that you CAN find a true and personal connection to GOD, this fact and this reality, upsets them.
But each of us must make our own choice. He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep, to gain that which he cannot lose. Once you have your eternal connection to God, you cannot lose it. Some days may feel better than others, but God is always there to help you, if you are honest and sincere in seeking Him. So books like this help people learn and study about the Old and New Testaments. They can see the verses for themselves, they can find the connections, and they can get the answers they are seeking.
But all branches of Christianity still believe that Jesus Christ (the real and actual one) (not the other false Christ who will ALSO be arriving) will return in person for His true followers. Whether the Rapture happens at the beginning of the 7 years, or in the middle of that time-period, or at the end of it, Jesus Christ will still be returning. The Rapture though is understood to occur before the Second Coming. Our belief about Jesus Christ and God DO affect where we are during these events, and do also affect what happens to each of us. To study these things is not a waste of time, but an investment in ourselves, in our future and in our destiny.
October 2, 2012 Subject:
More facts, for serious students (Study to show yourself approved...)
For those who are interested in spiritual depth and personal spiritual growth, a few other books may be of real help to you. [ Free in all formats, including PDF and Kindle]
For the issues of Today’s church, a few works about the Modern dangers of some of the excesses found in many the Charismatic or other groups may inform you about the origins, the roots, the theology and the implications of some of these new streams of spirituality, such as:
(( Please note that NOT ALL Charismatic or Pentecostal groups or churches are bad or teach errant doctrine. [some change or improve 4 the better].. However it is important to check on the details of where you worship, fellowship and learn, so that you can be sure that you are receiving sound doctrine (Titus 1:9 and not those in Tim 4: 3-4). ))
For the history of Biblical teachings, (also known as Doctrine), some of the works of George Stanley Faber (and others) may be of encouragement.
For those interested in the deeper background of the Old Testament scripture [ keep in mind that 40% to 60% of the New Testament is the Old Testament requoted]. Everything done in the New Testament is still being done in relation to the Old Testament. ( Note: Those who know almost nothing about the Old Testament section of the Bible would do well to start reading and re-reading both in the book of Psalms and the book of Proverbs).
--- concerning the Apocrypha --- (see also the section under versions, since the issue of versions [ which version of the OT – NT to use] also involves the issue of which books belong in the Bible [called Canonization]. Many books on versions therefore also deal with the issue of which books belong in the Bible, or which ones do not ).
The issues of the printing of the Apocrypha has been somewhat addressed in the following works:
For those interested in the issues concerning the Apocrypha (declared even by Jerome to not be part of scripture), the following books may give you some information and historic information:
The work of Scofield . and Darby . is beyond this posting. But their work . is sometimes presented as controversial beause of their success. and their [ orthodoxy].. (In other words, they lined up with the overwhelming majority of the historic doctrines of Christianity. Many still do not know this, simply bcause they have not read their works.)
For those who have an interest in the Geneva Bile or the King James,
The historic KJV (1611) version in English can be found [ here] . ; . A very good dictionary for the study of the English language is the work of Webster, dicionario [[ Volume 1 ]] . ; [[ Volume 2 ]] . ; .
This specific mention is not for those who want to believe conclusions WITHOUT evidence, or for those who simply want to believe that “ they ” are the lost tribes. The following accounts below [eyewitness acounts by scholars ] would be for those who are actually seeking truth, accuracy, and historic evidence, and cmparing that with a detailed study of scripture. These are eyewitness accounts about those who actually found the Lost tribes and spoke to them. These books should all be read together, if possible, as the contents each tell of different events.
History of the Karaite [non-talmudic orthodox ] Jews (1870)
As the Karaites affirm: Nothing with them is authoritative which is not Divine. God only is to them the fountain of authority. They profess a willingness to submit to Him, and to submit at any cost. This is the normal principle of Karaism. They state that they pay unbounded reverence to the Written Law of God, contained in the Old Testament. They utterly reject what is called the Oral Law, and is now contained in the Talmud. This is an interesting contrast to what passes for traditional Orthodox Judaism, which is very different from simply following the Old testament. This is not what orthodox Judaism is these days.
Today it has degenerated mostly into occult talmudic Judaism with the constant study of the Talmudic occultism [ which seems to have a rather close resemblance to much material found in The Two Babylons by Hislop] . In the same way that those in Islam should compare the characteristics of Allah with those of Almighty God, those who are Othodox talmudic occultic Rabbis should be willing to compare their worship of their “First Cause” with the God of the Old Testament.
There are many resources. here. If you are deceived or led astray, it is only your fault and you are the one to blame. We are each responsiblefor. our own spiritual path, and the information and learning we chose to epose ourselves to, or deny or ignore or postpone. Like everything else, your spiritual connection and walk with God is what You make of it. The Bible is filled with information. [ not disclosed or talked about in Churches]..You have to read the New Testament for yourself. [ the Gospel of John is a good place to start, and remember to use a good, histori and accurate version. It is not what you “theoretically” want to do, or wish to do, that counts. If you are deceived spiritually, what difference will it make, that you “were going to study” or you were “ going to learn” ? Will you be... any less deceived, because you were going to [in the future] actually invest the time in yourself to learn ???
Take the time and learn n-o-w, while you can.
Do you remember the words of scripture :
II Timothy 2: 15 Study [ STUDY !!! ] to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly [RIGHTLY] dividing the word of truth.
16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
II Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Its what you actually [ ACTUALLY !!! ] do, what you actually[ ACTUALLY !!! ] study. Stop waiting for others to help you, and start helping yourself. The day will soon come when none of this may be around, and then all you will have is what you know, in your head, in your own mind.
Pray for yourself that you will wake up from your coma, that you would have a love of God, a love of His true and authentic Word (Bible), a deep desire to study the Word, and that God would show you how to have the spiritual and personal inner strength for these times. Pray that you would not waste your time, but that you would value and do what God wants you to do and value., and that HE would help you find the answers you are looking for.
What people MUST believe about God, in order to find Him and why Faith in God is neccessary ------- Hebrews 11: 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
To restate the obvious:
YOU = “ he that cometh to God “
1) that he is, [ That God exists] , and
2) that he is a rewarder of them that diligently [ DILIGENTLY !!! ] seek him.
Luke 21: 8
8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
II Thess 2
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness ... because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
( what did they receive not ? This means that there is something that certain ones chose not to receive. What is that ?? )
Example: what they often don’t talk about in church:
Titus 2: 1
2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
7 In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;
10 Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
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